Kalka Devi Temple
A popular temple devoted to Goddess Kali called “Kalka Devi Mandir” is located in New Delhi. This temple popularly known as “Kalkaji Mandir” is situated in the southern part of Delhi. It is also considered to be amongst the most “sacred” temples in India. It is extremely active during the Navratri festival, a nine day Hindu festival. Important travel information related to this “pious temple” is as follows.
a. Best time to visit Kalka Devi Temple:
The ideal time to visit this temple is during winter months that begin in December and ends in March as the climate is pleasant with, the temperature ranging from a maximum of 22 degree Celsius to a minimum of 5 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Kalka Devi Temple?
Kalka Devi Temple Map
1. By train:
The closest railway station to this temple is located in New Delhi. The Nizamuddin Railway Station is well connected to major cities and town in the country.
2. By road:
There are a number of bus services that are available from Delhi that are well connected to major cities in the country such as Jaipur, Manali, Lucknow, Agra, Chandigarh etc.
3. By air:
The nearest airport to this temple is located in New Delhi. The Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi is well connected to cities within the country as well international destinations.
c. Religious significance:
A myth states that many centuries ago there lived two giants at the site of the (current) temple. These giants were creating trouble for the people living in and around the site. As a result of the harassment meted out to them the people at the site decided to complain to Lord Brahma, who is considered to be “the god of all”. It turned out that Lord Brahma refused to interfere and, it was goddess Parvati who was compelled to resolve the issue. Now Parvati used an avatar of herself called “Kaushki Devi” to destroy the giants. Unfortunately though while killing those giants their blood poured onto the dry earth which resulted in thousands of new giants arising. At this moment Parvati decided to use another avatar of hers called “Maa Kali Devi”. It was eventually this avatar that drank the blood oozing out from the bodies of the giants and achieved a complete victory. As a result of which Maa Kali Devi began to be worshipped at this site and a temple was built in her honour.